Kings Waive Forward Who's About To Have Season Ending Surgery

Although he had his contract guaranteed last month, impending season-ending knee surgery will cost him his job, as fourth-year power forward KZ Okpala has been waived by the Sacramento Kings. 

Okpala played 35 games with the Kings this season after signing a two-year contract last summer. He averaged only seven minutes per game, however, and just 1.3 points and 1.0 rebound. He had spent the previous three seasons with the Miami Heat.

He'll be undergoing surgery to help relieve bilateral knee soreness. 

In his place, the Kings have decided to sign guard PJ Dozier after a back-to-back trial of two 10-day contracts.

The Kings are Dozier's fourth NBA team, as he's also played for the Denver Nuggets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics. He's averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in his 109 career games. 

Dozier had only gotten into four games with the Kings over the last 20 days, and just 2.5 minutes per contest. But he'd had a nice run in 11 G League regular-season games this season with the Iowa Wolves, averaging 20.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.1 minutes per game.